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The head of the Iranian army's ground forces said Wednesday that his troops were "combat ready" and possessed a "martyrdom-seeking spirit", the official news agency IRNA reported.
"The armed forces must show their combat readiness and martydom-seeking spirit to the enemies," Brigadier General Naser Mohammadifar was quoted as saying during a military ceremony in the northwestern city of Tabriz.
"We can stand up to internal and external enemies in light of unity," he said.
The term "enemies" is frequently used here to refer to the United States and Israel.